There’s no denying that having kids changes just about everything in your life. It changes your relationship, your career, even your body. And most of the time these are changes that you’re more than willing to make when your little bundle of joy arrives. However, one of the most common mistakes that a lot of parents make is that they assume that they no longer need to make themselves and what they want a priority. Sure, your focus is likely to be your kids but that doesn’t mean that you suddenly stop being an independent person. One of the most obvious examples of this is in terms of your style. A lot of parents assume that they simply don’t have the time or the energy to focus on their style but that’s simply not the case. Here are just a few very simple things to remember in order to keep your style even after you become a parent.
Getting out of the house when you’ve got kids is always a remarkable challenge. From trying to get everyone’s shoes on to making sure that you have everything you need, it can be an exhausting experience at the best of times. This is all made that much more difficult if you’re going out to do something that your kids aren’t actually that interested in. If you want to be able to buy some clothes but you’ve got to take your kids with you, they are pretty likely to end up getting bored, which is going to lead them to mess around and make life more difficult for you which, in turn, means you’ll probably just end up grabbing the first things off the rack and getting out of the store as fast as you can. The solution? Online shopping. That way you can take a few moments when the kids are in bed or watching TV to shop for yourself and actually take your time to choose what you want.
Less is more
One of the most common problems that everyone, not just parents, have is that they simply have too many clothes. If you’ve got a bursting closet then there’s a good chance that you really only wear a few items out of it. Not only is this is a waste of space but it means that you never really get the chance to mix up your outfits. The best thing that you can do is to have a few staple items that you can combine to create a whole variety of outfits. A couple of dresses, a great pair of jeans, a few shirts, and some shoes that cover a variety of situations is all you really need. It might not seem like much but when you can combine them your potential number of outfits skyrockets.
Dress for the occasion
Of course, it’s not just about being able to throw on anything and look great. Even if you’re a parent there’s still a chance that you’re going to need to have outfits for different occasions. Whether you need something smart for a job interview or something formal for a party, having specific outfits for specific occasions can be incredibly useful. It means that you don’t have to worry about buying something new since you can just pull it out of your closet at a moment’s notice. Rather than having to panic about what to wear, you can focus on other things that are a little more important.
Dress for your body
Having a baby changes your body, there’s no way around it. Sure, you see celebrities whose bodies bounce back instantly but they’ve got personal trainers and expensive diet plans. The truth is that you may not be able to get back into your own clothes or, if you are, they may not fit the same way. Rather than trying to force yourself into them and feeling bad about yourself, embrace your body the way it is and dress in the right sizes and shapes for it. Not only will your clothes look better but you’ll be far more comfortable as well.
Of course, none of this is to say that there is anything wrong with deciding that, after you’ve had kids, you simply aren’t that interested in fashion in the way that you used to be. And plenty of people were never that interested in the first place. There’s nothing wrong with that and you shouldn’t feel pressured to do anything that’s not a part of who you really are. However, you should also remember that the clothes you wear can be very personal and there’s nothing wrong with wanting to have a part of yourself that is still totally personal to you and isn’t just swallowed up by your duties as a mother.